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Zika and Sex

Posted on 15th May 2017 @ 10:03 AM

What you need to know about Zika and Sex.

The Zika virus is spreading fast. Although for most people it's a mild illness, infection during pregnancy may be linked to an increased risk of microcephaly, a severe birth defect where babies are born with small heads.

Zika is thought to be mainly spread by mosquitoes, but it's transmission through sex has also been reported. Using condoms is one way to protect against Zika by minimising the risk of sexual transmission, as well as helping couples avoid unplanned pregnancy.

 

For more specific information about the Zika virus, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov or the World Health Organisation at www.who.int

 

Q and A

 

Is Zika a sexually transmitted infection?

Zika is thought to be mainly spread by mosquitoes, but it's transmission through sex has also been reported. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised that pregnant women should abstain from sex or use condoms if their partner has been in an area affected by Zika. In the meantime, research is underway to find out more about how the illness is transmitted.

 

Will using condoms protect me against Zika?

Zika is thought to be mainly spread by mosquitoes, so prevention primarily focuses on reducing mosquito populations and avoiding being bitten. There have been reports of transmission of Zika through sex and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised that pregnant women should abstain from sex or use condoms if their partner has been in an area affected by Zika. Latex condoms, when used consistently and effectively, are a highly effective barrier to the transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

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